Velo­pe­dia

writ­ten by Robert Di­neen pub­lished by Au­rum Press

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - NOTES FROM THE GRUPPETTO -

Velo­pe­dia works as both a ref­er­ence book and a cof­feetable book. If you want to look up the height and grade of Grand Tour climbs, you’ll find that in­for­ma­tion here. You’ll find stats of road cy­cling’s great­est sprint­ers. There’s a run­down of each of the Mon­u­ment races. You can also find out about icons, which in­clude Ma­jor Tay­lor, Fausto Coppi and Jean­nie Longo. There’s a page on Al­fon­sina “the Devil in a Dress” Strada, who won 36 races against men and rode the 1924 Giro d’italia.

What puts this vol­ume in cof­fee-ta­ble-book ter­ri­tory is the il­lus­tra­tions. They present statis­tics, routes and other fig­ures cleanly and clearly. Sure, you can find out a lot of the in­for­ma­tion con­tained in this book on “some­thing­pe­dia” on­line. But the beauty of this book is that you have all the cy­cling in­for­ma­tion right at your fin­ger­tips in a pack­age that will never run out of bat­ter­ies.

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